Airport Courthouse, Defrauding a Shopkeeper, Dismissal
The nail salon employee finished the pedicure and asked our client for payment. Our client turned to look for her “boyfriend” and could not find him. The nail salon then called the Los Angeles Police Department, who arrived at the scene within minutes.Synopsis: Our client's boyfriend tells our client that if she wants a pedicure, he will pay for it, so she goes to a nail salon with him in Westchester. When she is done with the pedicure, her boyfriend is gone. Client arrested by LAPD for defrauding an innkeeper and public intoxication. Case filed at Airport Courthouse and dismissed on Motion for Civil Compromise.
Our client explained that she had no intention of receiving anything for free and the nail salon employee confirmed that a man had entered the salon with our client, but he left shortly thereafter.
Police immediately noticed that our client appeared drunk and thus arrested her on grounds of defrauding an innkeeper (Penal Code § 537(a)(1)) and public intoxication (Penal Code § 647(f)). She was taken to the Pacific Division station, where she was released to her mom.
Her mom then arranged to have her daughter enter a six-month residential treatment program for dual diagnosis treatment. As hinted above, our client was eager to drink enormous amounts of alcohol and could without too much effect, as she was an alcoholic. She was also fond of methamphetamine, but not as much.
Alcohol had controlled her life since about age 14. As a juvenile, she accumulated thirteen juvenile adjudications, each related in some way to alcohol abuse in some way. Once an adult, she sustained four felony convictions, including one for vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as two more felony DUI’s and one felony conviction for evading a police officer.
She also sustained five misdemeanor convictions, including three misdemeanor DUI’s (total of six DUI’s), hit and run (while drunk), willful cruelty to a child (her child), driving on a license suspended pursuant to a DUI (Vehicle Code § 14601.2) and giving false information to a police officer. She also had three pending public intoxication cases in three different courts in California.
The client needed a residential treatment program quite urgently.
The mom contacted Greg Hill & Associates to handle two of the public intoxication matters and the defrauding an innkeeper case described herein. As to the last matter, filed at the Airport Courthouse, Greg immediately put together a Motion for Civil Compromise under Penal Code §§ 1377 and 1378.
The client and her mom were extremely happy to have this small victory, as it actually was the client’s first and only theft offense, now dismissed.
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